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Blue Desert Cafe

12518 state road 24, Cedar Key, FL 32625
352.543.9111
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Ranked #10 of 24 restaurants in Cedar Key
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Vegetarian
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Dessert
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Bloomington, Indiana
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33 reviews 33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This funky, eclectic restaurant is worth a stop while in Cedar Key. Food is excellent, waitstaff is attentive and friendly. Food is prepared individually one meal at a time based on when you ordered. It took an hour to get our appetizer! That was okay because we were having a great time. Definately give the Blue Desert Cafe a try...if... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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122 reviews 122 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

The atmosphere is not glamorous, the service can be a little slow, the location is just out of town, but holy cow the food in incomparable! We ate there two nights and walked away thinking we had dined in a 5 star restaurant. Bruschetta, clams, pasta and soup were all top notch. I saw that they offer pizza and saw... More

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Sewanee, TN
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

This is my 3rd trip to Cedar Key since 1998 and on every trip I've been underwhelmed with the availability if well prepared food. Why is it that with all this fresh seafood nobody can prepare it well enough to be anything more than meh? Blue Desert is the first meal I've had here that was truly delicious! I had... More

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We walked past the Blue Desert and on into town on our first night in Cedar Key. BIG MISTAKE. Tried it the next night and had one of the best meals during our three weeks in Florida. Yes the food takes a while but it's freshly cooked and tastes great, besides the cafe has a lovely laid back feel with... More

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Cedar Key
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75 reviews 75 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Love this place. I enjoy every meal I have ever had at Blue Desert Café. I love the Bruschetta appetizer as I sip on a Coke-Cola and wait for my entrée to arrive freshly prepared for me. No out of the box food at this restaurant. Only fresh healthy cuts of fish, chicken and sometimes beef filets. Sides are a... More

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Ethridge, Tennessee
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145 reviews 145 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
378 helpful votes 378 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

After having a wonderful experience in 2011 here, I was really disappointed this time. I called and ordered takeout for my mother and me. They called me twice in 30 minutes telling me the food was ready. They were overly anxious about it. When I got there the waitress remarked how long I took and acted like I was not... More

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Cedar Key
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75 reviews 75 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

It is always one of the best meals I have ever had when I eat at the Blue Desert. This is the only restaurant in Cedar Key where I have many favorites from tonight's Grilled Salmon with broccoli and potato with butter and sour cream. There is also the Homemade Stuffed Ravioli and the Chicken Marsala and the Seafood Burrito... More

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farnham common
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202 reviews 202 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Very hard to find on a stormy night but excellent food and no chips/fries. Seafood was delicious. Service friendly. Decorations are of an era.

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Cedar Key
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75 reviews 75 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

It is always the little out of the way places that are the best. A small eclectic woman owned and operated eatery.The food is always consistently prepared and scrumptious. Favorites are Chicken Marsala, Seafood Burrito, Steak and Tuna when on the Specials, Gator Bites, Brushetta Appetizer, Scallops and desserts. We enjoy the wait as we like to have conversation and... More

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Cedar Key
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75 reviews 75 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

This is our favorite place to eat out for a sit down meal. We ate their with my mother last month and once again had excellent home cooked prepared fresh meals. We highly recommend the Blue Desert Cafe for dinner. They are off the beaten path of Cedar Key's Dock Street and often are the best places to eat. Since... More

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